Measles Vaccine Recommendation

The outbreak of measles continues among the Orthodox Jewish Communities in Borough Park and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with at least 48 confirmed cases. All cases occurred in unvaccinated persons. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) has recommended that the first dose of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) be given at 6 months to Orthodox Jewish patients in Borough Park, Williamsburg, and Crown Heights, and to non-orthodox children in those communities also beginning at 6 months because of the increased risk of exposure in that area.

We urge you to follow the NYC DOHMH’s recommendation. We further urge you to use whatever influence you can to make sure that children in all communities are not vaccinated late and do not go unvaccinated.

Please note that all Empire members who have vaccine coverage will be covered for MMR at the age of 6 months in the same way other recommended vaccines are covered.

Please offer the vaccine to all appropriate members. 
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